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Fairphone 3: The hardware is competitive but the price is not

Cutbacks in design and a high price, but very sustainable in return: Fairphone 3
Cutbacks in design and a high price, but very sustainable in return: Fairphone 3
The Fairphone 3 features everything most users will need to master everyday life. However, it cannot keep up with its competitors' arms race, and given its high price many a customer will decide against sustainability.
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The Fairphone 3 is a significant evolutionary step of the modular concept, and the sustainable smartphone can be taken apart and repaired if so necessary in just a few simple steps. Swapping the display, for example, is one of the easiest tasks as it is the first part you will have to remove when disassembling the device.

Hype and conscience aside potential customers will have to ask themselves what to expect from a smartphone in terms of design. If you are not a big fan of all-glass design, curved display edges, or notches and punch holes then maybe the Fairphone 3’s more conventional design language will be right for you. In addition, you get a replaceable battery, and swapping NanoSIM or microSD cards do not even require a SIM tool or other kind of needle.

Compared to the previous generation Fairphone 2 the new model has become significantly more compact and features hardware that is powerful enough. It is on a par with other lower mid-range devices, and its camera was not bad either. Quick snaps turned out quite good, and the selfie cam performed pretty well.

While weighing the importance of design and modularity is in the eye of the beholder the price certainly is not. Computing smartphones with comparable hardware are around $200 cheaper. Sustainability continues to have its price.

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Mike Wobker
Editor of the original article: Mike Wobker - Senior Tech Writer - 446 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I carried out my first IT experiments with a 386-based system and a whole 4 MB RAM. This was followed by work on various PCs and laptops that I maintained and repaired for friends and acquaintances. After training to become a Telecommunications Systems Technician and gaining a few years of experience, I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering. Currently, I pursue my fascination for IT, technology, and mobile devices by writing reviews and articles for Notebookcheck. I have also worked for Gamestar, Netzwelt, and Golem, among others.
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Finn D. Boerne
Translator: Finn D. Boerne - Translator - 424 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
Born in the United States and raised in Germany I became acquainted with both languages from an early age and turned this into my profession later in life. Computers have always played an important role in my life, and my love for all things digital is a huge part of my daily routine. Virtual Reality has captured my imagination and interest in particular, and I cannot wait to see what the (near) future will bring.
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Mike Wobker, 2020-02-26 (Update: 2020-02-26)